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12 May 2010

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Nathan James

Here's hoping we aren't about to see more "jury nullification" of the overwhelming evidence of murder, hate crimes, and intent here.

Nathan James

I am stunned, appalled, and dumbfounded at the declaration of a mistrial this evening for Mr. Phoenix. All those witnesses, tons of other evidence, and a videotaped confession by Phoenix himself, weren't enough to enable this jury to reach a verdict?

There is no justice, at least not today.

MW09

I CANNOT BELIEVE THIS! I'm just completely dumbfounded by this decision...what a bunch of idiots.

Isis

This is a miscarriage of justice. I life was taken in a BRUTAL manner and now there will be no REAL justice. "Manslaughter?" This man was killed in COLD blood! THIS IS MURDER!

Ravenback

Absolutely disgusting. As I've said before, I am not shocked or surprised. The jury system is broken. There are too many idiots who serve on juries. They can often times be stubborn and they flat out refuse to recognize the facts. My last jury experience was atrocious.

I certainly hope the prosecution decides to retry this murderous bastard. Revolting.

DT

I'm sorry did you just write aquitted of murder and hate crimes? For real? This was not murder or a serious hate crime to these "people"? In the words of Rodney Chester's character from Noah's Arc "Chile gay folk ain't got nobody but Jesus!" indeed it seems...

Byron Monte

The whole jury system in the US is a total joke. You have a group of people thrown together, some probably read nothing else besides the Post and the only thing they watch is Fox and then for a couple of weeks they can feel like king and act all important.
Please, go back to your day job if you don't understand the lexicon used in court. Let an educated judge handle the guilty/not guilty verdict instead of a bunch of morons.

Observer

Someone help me here. What does mistrial really mean? Does it mean they all go free or does it mean they will have to select another jury and or judge to go back into trial? Just curious as I really dont know much legal jargon. Thanks.

Rod Mc

Observer:
Your second guess is right. Prosecutors will have to refile and retry the case. -RM

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